UMM Junior Awarded 2011 Heart and Soul Award
MACHIAS, Maine – The Maine Campus Compact has announced that Stephanie Wilson, a junior at the University of Maine at Machias, is one of four students receiving the organization’s 2011 Heart and Soul Award for civic engagement.
Each year Maine Campus Compact recognizes up to six college students for exemplary civic engagement. These students demonstrate 1) An innovative approach to building or enhancing campus-based efforts to address community issues and needs; 2) Use of diverse strategies of engagement (service, service-learning, policy work, advocacy, etc); 3) Demonstrated ability to lead, inspire and engage other students and/or members of the institution; 4) Efforts to sustain their engagement through the institution by developing strategies to build their work into the institution’s structure.
A junior majoring in marine biology, Wilson began her volunteer work at UMM when she joined Omicron Delta Pi, a co-ed human rights and advocacy fraternity, in the spring of 2009. She immediately began training faculty and staff members to create Safe Zones, places and people identified by a sticker as safe for people of all sexual orientations, thus creating a visible network of support on campus. This year, that training has been expanded to include residence life staff and resident assistants. Wilson also worked closely with the 100% Society, a GLBTQA support group, where she helped to organize and run the annual Rainbow Ball, a prom for Maine’s high school students, as well as with the No on 1 campaign, where she trained peers to participate in phone drives.
Currently, she serves as the president of her fraternity, where she has created workshops for first-year students, promoted the prevention of domestic abuse, and helped to form a Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays group in the local community, one of only two in the state.
The award ceremony took place in the Atrium of the Maine State Museum on April 26. The other award winners for 2011 are Samantha Collins of Bowdoin College, Jessica Igoe of Bates College, and Cole Leighton of the University of Southern Maine.